Wines in the Wild at Brookfield Zoo

UPDATE: The Chicago Zoological Society has announced that Wines in the Wild, originally scheduled for Nov. 6 is being postponed until Feb. 12, 2022 due to COVID-19.

Spend a social evening at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., during Wines in the Wild on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of wines and liquors from around the world accompanied by hors d’oeuvres, desserts and more. Additionally, attendees will be able to purchase wines onsite.

The fundraising event also features a raffle, paddle raise and silent auction, which will include a variety of items from Brookfield Zoo and beyond.

For additional information, including ticket pricing, email

Visit with Dolley Madison

The Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to learn the actual stories and impact Dolley Madison had as the nation’s First Lady during the War of 1812 during “A Visit with Dolley Madison” on Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.

During this in-person program funded by an Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Grant, Dolley Madison will be portrayed by Barbara Kay.

Register to attend the program by calling 708-485-6917, ext. 130 or by visiting online.

Mater Christi Virtual Turkey Shoot

For the second straight year due to COVID-19, the annual Mater Christi Parish Turkey Shoot will be conducted virtually by way of a basket raffle, where 35 baskets will be raffled off on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m.

Each basket contains a 14- to 16-pound turkey, pumpkin pie, a dozen kolacky, houska, rye bread, 5-pound canned ham, a 1-pound prasky, a 1-pound salami and a bag of assorted groceries. There will also be a split-the-pot with cash prizes.

Because there will be no physical gathering, raffle tickets must be purchased in advance. The drawing will be livestreamed through, where you can also download the raffle ticket and spilt-the-pot forms.

Call 708-602-1927 with any questions.

Holiday card drive for service members

North Riverside Parks and Recreation invites the community to join them by writing personal messages in holiday cards that will be delivered to members of the Armed Forces who are unable to be home for the holidays this year.

Parks and Rec will be collecting homemade and store-bought cards that have been signed and/or have a written message included. No blank cards will be collected.

All cards must be turned in to the Recreation Office in the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave. by Nov. 22.

Getting the lead out

The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area will sponsor an informational meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. regarding the removal of toxic lead pipes from local communities. 

The Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act recently became law in Illinois. Learn how this law will impact our municipalities and the water that comes out of our taps.

Register at The passcode is 219026. This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more, email or visit

And more

  • Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., presents the exhibition “Portable Memorials and Abject Objects” featuring the work of Rebecca Keller through Nov. 27. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat. 1-5 p.m. Visit for more.
  • The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce continues its 60-to-Win raffle drawings every Thursday through Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Joe’s Saloon, 9220 47th St. in Brookfield. You can also watch a livestream on the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Winners’ names will be posted each week at
  • Riverside Arts Center presents “Porcelain Utopia: Mid-Century Lustron Homes in Illinois and Beyond,” an exhibit of photographs by Dirk Fletcher in the lobby of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, through Dec. 31. Free. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., invites you to explore your family tree by visiting their Ancestry Help Desk every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. through November.

Kids ages 4-up can choose either in-person or Zoom attendance for Lapsit Storytime on Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m.; After School Art Escape (in person only) on Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m.; Learn with Lester the Llama on Nov. 6 at 10:30 p.m.; ABCs and 123s on Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m.; Pajama Storytime (Zoom only) on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; Story Safari on Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m.; and Builders Club (Zoom only) on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.

Kids in grades 6-12 can make fleece blankets in the Teen Spot on Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Visit to register for all programs.

  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library, 3541 Park Ave., invites you to Chair Yoga via Zoom on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. and Energy Efficiency & Saving Money presented in person on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. by Kate Carney of the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability.

Visit to register for programs.

  • Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, presents Friday Flix for teens in the Teen Room on Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m.; Pajama Storytime for all ages on Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.; Mini-Movers Storytime in the Community Room on Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Preschool/Kindergarten Storytime on Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and After School DIY for teens on Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Registration required.

Visit to register for programs.

  • Riverside Chess Club, open to anyone age 5 through adult, meets in person each Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Room 30 of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road. Players of all levels welcome. Children under 7 require caregiver over 13. Email for more info.